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This Nerd Block Jr For Boys subscription for my 5-year-old son, Connor. It costs $13.99 plus shipping ($6) per month and is for boys aged 6-11. All plans auto-renew. You get a discount paying up front for a set number of boxes. Save 10% at 3 months ($12.59 each plus shipping), save 15% at 6 months ($11.89 each plus shipping), and save 20% at 12 months ($11.19 each plus shipping). Each box has at least $40 in value and gives 4-6 toys. We are on the six-month subscription. You pay for all boxes and shipping on all boxes up front. Nerd Block has a variety of subscription offers including: Classic, Arcade, Horror, SciFi, Comic, Jr For Boys, Jr For Girls, and the newest offering Shirt. For details on all boxes, visit my Nerd Block Page.
This box has 7 items. Every Nerd Block comes with a Product Card. I like seeing product cards, and this assures me he received everything. It does not help much in the way of pricing out items for box value. Many are not easily available for purchase. While I can find similar products or items marked up from the original seller on eBay or Amazon, the actual items are difficult to find. That also makes the value very subjective. If something originally retails for one price but is now only available for purchase through a marked up reseller, valuation can fluctuate.
All Nerd Blocks come with a discount code for $10 off at Shirtpunch.com. A $10 credit is given with all new subscriptions as well. These work on anything, not just shirts. They are valid for 45 days. There is a puzzle piece on each card. If you collect all 9, you’ll get a $100 ShirtPunch! gift card. There is also an advertisement for the newest block, Shirt. For $29.95 (or less if you pay multiple months up front), you get 5 shirts per box.
My boys love water balloons, but neither boy is capable of tying them. Tying really small balloons when my fingers are wet is not exactly easy for me either. I really look forward to these Zorbs Self-Sealing Water Balloons. This 50 piece set even includes a filler nozzle, which I’ve never had when filling balloons. Other than the ones that fill 50 at the same time and seal themselves, I cannot think of any water balloon I’d want to try more than this. We’re going to have a lot of fun. The 100-piece pack retails for $5.50 on Amazon (with prime shipping), so I anticipate we will buy more once we finish these. No retailers seem to have these 50-piece sets in stock, so I am cutting the price in half and saying these are worth $2.75.
The Marvel Avengers Assemble 48-piece Puzzle comes in a cute vinyl bag, which is about the size of a pencil bag. Once he’s done playing with the puzzle or inevitably loses pieces, he can put pencils in here. I prefer puzzles that can double as another product, because a completed puzzle has never lasted in this house. This does not appear online anywhere, so I was unable to price it. Based on similar puzzles, I am guessing it is worth $7.99
The Star Wars 5 Pack Stick Pens retail for $5.99 on eBay. These are actually really nice pens by Innovative Designs. They glide easily, and do not skip. My boys are really into Star Wars, too.
The Nerf N’Strike Micro Size Mega Power retails for $13.14 at Walmart. I actually prefer the look and colors on this one to the one available at Walmart, because that one has more traditional Nerf colors. This one is a cool neon green. It is for ages 8+, so Connor cannot cock it and can barely pull the trigger. That just means Mommy or Xander have to help him play with this gun. It is a lot of fun, so I do not mind playing with him. This makes me realize I have terrible aim.
The Avengers Assemble 25 tattoos retail for $5.16 on Amazon. As with all items on Amazon, prices have a huge range. After the first item I pulled up wanted $35 for this set, I knew I had to keep looking. My younger son is not into tattoos as much as my older son, but I am sure they will use these together.
The Sonic the Hedgehog 25th Anniversary Buttons are a Nerdblock exclusive. I was unable to price these, because no one sells them (other than resellers once they get them in this box). They’re super cute, but I cannot imagine them being worth much more than $10. That is the price I will use, which I pulled completely out of the air and could be off.
Connor started opening the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Creepeez Wall Crawler before I could even take the photo. He really loved the way it looked. Once he actually got it open, he said, “ewww.” I guess the really sticky arms did not appeal to him that much, but Xander played with this thing all night long. Xander loved that it was sticky and creepy. My boys have similar tastes, but they also have somewhat different taste in certain items, and I really like that one boy will play with things the other won’t. It means most items in the box will get used. This is not sold in the US. There was an Amazon listing, but it only has other themes for this toy. It retails for anywhere from 3 to 4 pounds in the UK, so I am guessing this would be around $5 to $6 in the US. I’ll split that and say this is worth $5.50.
There is a teaser for next month inside. This card shows that next month’s box will feature something from Marvel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Star Wars. Connor loves all of those themes, so this looks like a promising box.
This box cost $17.89 ($11.89 plus $6 shipping) and is worth $40.53. His personal value is also $40.53, because he is keeping everything in this box. I always use the lowest or most conservative price I find to price the boxes, which usually explains why I come up with a lower than advertised value. It is possible Nerd Block uses the new, inflated prices when valuing these, because most of the items inside their boxes are hard to find elsewhere. This box actually went over the $40 advertised value according to my calculations, but most boxes do not.
Ready to Subscribe? Remember to check my Nerd Block Page for all information about subscription options. Discount codes (which only apply to month-to-month subscriptions) do pop up at times. There was a 10% discount code in last month’s box. I do not know how long it is good for, but the code is OWLKIDS. The discount will only apply to the first block, so you’d only get $1.40 off a 10% offer or $2.10 off a 15% offer. It always saves you more to purchase multiple blocks up front than to wait for a discount code that only saves you money of the first one. Blocks start shipping on the 15th, so you must subscribe before the 15th to get a box from the current month.
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